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‘I’ve been grey for two weeks.’ Inside the movement trying to beat smartphone addiction

Linda is a pensioner who lives alone in East London. A few years ago, she got an iPad and signed up to Facebook. She kept in touch with relatives, …

Mobile Devices

Yes, bacon really is killing us

Decades’ worth of research proves that chemicals used to make bacon do cause cancer. So how did the meat industry convince us it was safe? By Bee Wilson<p>There was a little cafe I used to go to that did the best bacon sandwiches. They came in a soft and pillowy white bap. The bacon, thick-cut from a …

Sandwiches

A tall tale? Accuracy of Trump's medical report – and new height – questioned

So-called ‘Girthers’ question why Trump’s stated height is taller than his license says, and the convenience of his being 1lb shy of obese<p>Donald Trump’s surprisingly glowing medical report has led to questions about the accuracy of some of the data announced by White House physician Dr Ronny …

Donald Trump

The internet is broken

We like to picture the internet as a set of pipes along which information flows. But a better metaphor would be to see it as an enormously …

Why Just 2.5 Hours Of Exercise Each Week Will Significantly Improve Your Life

A new study just gave you the most achievable fitness goal of your adult life: Spend just 150 minutes (or 2.5 hours) each week doing physical …

Bernard MacLaverty: ‘Just try to write. You can do it better tomorrow’

The novelist on the privilege of working from home, the benefits of eavesdropping and why he and his grandson love to play ‘throwing writers at the radiator’<p>Sometimes I think I am very privileged. Setting my own hours. No traffic jams going to work. Just walk down the carpeted hall to the study. …

The Invisible Forces That Make Writing Work

A couple of years ago, in an essay in The New Yorker, the critic and writer Kathryn Schulz pointed out that we cannot see most of the things that rule our lives. Magnetic fields, electric currents, the force of gravity all work unseen, as do our interior arbiters of thoughts, inclinations, …

Books

BittBoy is a retro pocket console that does a lot for very little

The GameBoy Pocket remains one of the best-designed pieces of mobile gaming kit ever in my opinion, which is why I was intrigued by the BittBoy, a new third-party portable console that clearly owes a lot of inspiration to the GameBoy. The tiny handheld packs a library of “300” games built-in, …

Retrogaming

Android fans can now try CyanogenMod's successor, LineageOS

Over the past eight years, Steve Kondik’s CyanogenMod grew quickly to become the most popular custom ROM for Android devices, thanks to its top-notch performance and clever features.<p>Sadly, it went under at the end of 2016 following a rift with its associated commercial venture, Cyanogen Inc. That …

Researchers warn of vast problems with Android VPN apps

There’s a misnomer about VPN networks and what they really do. Claims that they can make you “completely anonymous” online are almost always inaccurate, even if they may increase your privacy to some degree. Unfortunately, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), in …

Mossberg: What’s up with Firefox, the browser that time forgot?

Mozilla is finally refocused on revitalizing the once-beloved product<p>Until about five years ago, techies and others who wanted a speedier, extensible, more privacy-oriented web browser on their desktops often immediately downloaded Mozilla's Firefox to use instead of Internet Explorer on Windows or …

How to mute on Twitter

As much as we love Twitter, we'd be the first to agree that sometimes the platform can get a little...noisy. Also, given a certain new world leader's …

VPN apps actually make it easier to track users, study finds

The simplest weapon that users have to fight data collection, whether by the NSA or Facebook, is a Virtual Private Network (VPN). A VPN encrypts your …

Apps

How to break the habit of checking your phone all the time

Smartphone dependency is everywhere. Take a glance at your day-to-day life and you'll notice your friends are a bit too preoccupied with their …

How to Keep Your Personal Info Off This Creepy Genealogy Website

Here's how to opt out of FamilyTreeNow.com.<p>You've probably never heard of FamilyTreeNow.com — but it likely has a shocking amount of your personal information posted for everyone on the Internet to see. The genealogy website is free to use and all you have to do is type in a person's name and up …

Personal Information

Milanote is the Evernote for creatives

The late Steve Jobs once said:<p>Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences …

3 alternative Facebook apps for Android and iOS

Facebook has its own official app -- plus about 17 other official apps, including the standalone Messenger app -- but it might not be the best Facebook app for you.<p>Alternative Facebook apps such as Friendly and Swipe for Facebook can give you the experience you've always wanted -- they use less of …

This Google Maps update makes it easier for Android users to find the way

A new shining 'direction beam' will point you in the right direction.<p>One of the most frustrating things about using the maps app on a smartphone is …

The 6 Tools Every Graphic Designer Should Have

Photoshop has its perks. But let's face it, it's massive, complicated and often intimidating for the casual graphic designer. Even with all the DIY guides and manuals available online, mastering Photoshop can be a tricky business, especially if you don't do a formal course. But why let all that …

The $20,000 iPod: vintage Apple products net the big bucks on eBay

Like baseball cards and Beanie Babies, old-school Apple products have become lucrative collectables that are selling online for thousands of dollars<p>If you are one of those people who hoards old electronics, then you might be able to cash in those iPods from the early 2000s for a few hundred dollars …

Max Ernst: 1891-1976

Max Ernst was born on April 2, 1891 in Brühl, Germany. A prolific artist, Ernst is considered to be one of the primary pioneers of the Dada movement …

The Best Anti-Aging Exercises, As Recommended By Experts

A body in motion, stays in motion.<p>Turning back the clock isn't just about wrinkles and fine lines. It's about staying fit -- not just looking it -- and keeping your body moving.<p>"A sedentary person hits peak muscle mass at age 20 and it starts declining from there," National Academy of Sports …

Jeremy Corbyn to urge 'warts and all' backing of European Union

Labour leader to make long-awaited intervention in referendum campaign as Nick Clegg warns argument could already be lost<p>Jeremy Corbyn is to urge supporters to back the European Union “warts and all” as he tries to allay fears among remain campaigners that a failure to motivate Labour voters could …

How to Tell a Coworker They’re Annoying You

Whenever we’re working closely with other people, it’s easy for tensions to arise thanks to differences in personal styles and priorities. When they do, we have a choice: should we raise the issue, or keep quiet? Many of us bite our tongue, worrying that speaking up will harm an important …

'Warrant canaries': a subtle hint that your email provider is compromised

The business of protecting data is getting tougher by the day – but there are ways not to breach the law and still safeguard customer data<p>Since the Snowden revelations, the market for privacy-oriented services has only grown – indeed, it’s likely that it will keep growing. We’re not at peak …

Leave it out: are food intolerances fact or fad?

Serious food allergies are rare, while intolerance of many common foods – from dairy products to gluten in bread – is increasing. Are we in the midst of a health craze or something more complicated?<p>You know the scenario: you invite some friends over for dinner and they graciously accept. But then …

Friedensreich Hundertwasser: 1928-2000 Austrian painter & Archictect

Born Friedrich Stowasser on December 15, 1928 in Vienna, Austria, Friedensreich Hundertwasser was one of the best-known Austrian painters and …

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